The leader of the Labour Party in Scotland – Kezia Dugdale, MSP – today launches her ‘alternative programme for government’.
This programme of Bills – which Labour want the SNP to take through Holyrood in the new session of parliament which starts next week – includes a brief statement calling for an ‘outright ban on fracking’ in Scotland.
As only the third party by number of MPs in Holyrood, Labour’s alternative programme for government has virtually no chance of being implemented.
And the inclusion of the ‘no fracking bill’ will be brushed away by the minority SNP-led government which is still awaiting the outcome of its (second) scientific consultation on the public safety issues relating to shale energy, announced at the same time as the Scottish Energy Minister imposed a ‘temporary moratorium’ on shale gas exploration.
The SNP government’s first report said that shale gas exploration could be carried out safely within a robust regulatory regime and every independent scientific study since then has also come to the same conclusion.
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